Red Ladder Awarded PHF Funding
Red Ladder Theatre Company has been awarded £36,000 from Paul Hamlyn Foundation to further its Northern Social Circuit programme, addressing under representation in theatre for people from working class backgrounds. The grant from Paul Hamlyn Foundation supports its development over two years – and follows funding from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund to originate the Northern Social Circuit in 2016, which now forms a core part of Red Ladder’s programming.
We will continue to produce new work under the header RED LADDER LOCAL, taking newly commissioned or specifically adapted new writing by national and Yorkshire-based writers into non-traditional venues such as football and rugby clubs, pubs and working men’s clubs. It introduces a Community Skills Development Programme which will support participating venues to build skills and knowledge to curate and present an arts programme for their own communities. This includes receiving access to resources and mentoring from Red Ladder and three hub venues: West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Civic, Barnsley and CAST Doncaster.
Our producer Chris Lloyd says,
“We’re delighted that this grant from Paul Hamlyn Foundation will allow us to further Red Ladder Local as a body of work that takes new plays into non-theatre venues; removing barriers that can prevent some people from accessing theatre – whether that’s pricing, location or perception of who theatre is ‘for’. An important facet of the award is to support the non-traditional venues to select work of their choice, so in addition to picking from Red Ladder’s body of work, they will develop the skills and resources to curate cultural programmes for their own communities.
Red Ladder has been championing access to the arts for all for approaching 50 years and we’re thrilled with the support of Paul Hamlyn Foundation to be piloting this approach, addressing the inequality in engaging with and accessing the arts”
Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive of Paul Hamlyn Foundation says,
“The Skills Development Programme complements the wider work that Red Ladder Theatre Company are doing to open up the arts in the North. We hope that by strengthening the support that is available for local people to be linked to local venues, more communities will not only feel involved in the work but actually be a part of it. The skills gained by participants in the programme will help community spaces to operate as vibrant non-traditional theatre venues. This, together with the efforts to take theatre to unusual places through strategic touring, will create opportunities for even more people to widen and deepen their relationship with the arts.”
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